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Kidman-Crowe Collaboration Shuts Down

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There’s been a major snag in the Nicole Kidman-Russell Crowe movie Eucalyptus, which was scheduled to begin shooting Down Under on Monday but is now on hold, say reports.

The film’s California-based studio, Fox Searchlight, is blaming script problems, according to the Hollywood Reporter, while the newspaper The Australian quotes unnamed members of the crew as grumbling about the ego and interference of Crowe, who is said to have clashed with director Jocelyn Moorhouse.

Crowe is also serving as the movie’s executive producer – and served up barbecue and beer on Friday after informing the disgruntled crew that they were out of a job, The Australian reports.

Moorhouse told the newspaper that she was too upset to discuss the problems on the film that led to the postponement. There has been no comment from Kidman, who reportedly dropped out of the movie version of the Broadway smash The Producers in order to be in Eucalyptus.

The film fable’s story, based on a novel by Murray Bail, concerns an Australian widower (Jack Thompson) who plants hundreds of eucalyptus trees on his property. He then tests his daughter’s suitors by making them identify every species. Although one eventually, succeeds, Ellen (Kidman) by then has already lost her heart to a handsome stranger (Crowe).

In other news of Kidman, Magistrate Lee Gilmour of Sydney’s Waverley Local Court informed her and the two freelance photographers she is accusing of stalking her that they should resolve their problems out of court like “intelligent people,” the Associated Press reports.

Last month, Kidman, 37 (who did not appear at any court hearings), won temporary restraining orders against Jamie Fawcett, 43, and Ben McDonald, 32, for allegedly stalking her and planting an electronic listening device outside her Sydney home.